More on organic bees

bees on helleboreColony collapse disorder (CCD) continues to get ink all over. This morning, there was a recommended diary on DailyKos pointing to this article in the Organic Consumer Association newsletter. Shorter version: Pushing for larger bees encourages varroa mites. Conventional treatments for the mites and other stresses lead to collapse.

In another story, WVU professor helps develop techniques to reduce threat against honeybees, a West Virginia University apiculturist touts a program to bolster hives that includes lemongrass, spearmint, wintergreen and formic acid.

Sounds refreshing.

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